As a child Nishauna witnessed firsthand the impact of her mother’s substance use disorder. Her mother’s struggles brought them to Sojourner House in search of hope and stability.
“Stability. Sojourner House means stability to me. It’s a safe space for change and a place for me to feel safe. Coming here at that age was crucial. My whole life would have been different without Sojourner House,” Nishauna said.
For Nishauna, arriving at Sojourner House at such an impressionable age was the turning point for her that helped her break the generational cycles of substance use disorder and create a different life for herself. “I believe that I am still here because I am supposed to help others,” she said. Now as a social worker at age 36, she uses her experiences to help others on their journey toward recovery.
In addition to helping others in her professional role, Nishauna continues to support the women and children of Sojourner House through serving on the board and her volunteer efforts. She wants to see the program continue to thrive and make a difference in the lives of others.
“I hope Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS lasts forever. I hope we keep helping women, children and families. Keep helping women through their addiction, learn to be a mother and have patience. I hope we can keep being there for the women of Allegheny County,” she said.